Researcher biography

Anna is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland. Anna is based at and supported by CYSAR, and is under the joint supervision of Dr Matthew Gullo, Dr Paul Harnett and Professor Jason Connor. Anna is looking at the pathways from adverse childhood experiences to problematic substance use in adolescents, specifically looking at the role of emotional dysregulation and impulsivity - constructs known to be influential in the development and maintenance of problematic substance use. The overall aim of Anna’s PhD is to investigate a potential adjunct treatment for problematic substance use that may improve impulsivity and emotional regulation in at risk populations. To this end, Anna is collaborating with Queensland Health Metro North Alcohol and Drug Services to examine these potential mechanisms of action and intervention in treatment-seeking adolescents.

CYSAR Supervisors: Dr Matthew Gullo, Professor Jason Connor